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Advancing Innovation: The League’s American Orchestras’ Futures Fund

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Made Possible by the
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Applications to the Futures Fund program are closed.

Congratulations to the 18 orchestras receiving American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants from the League of American Orchestras in 2020

See links to Futures Fund press releases under In This Section.


The American Orchestras’ Futures Fund is a competitive grants program designed to advance the innovative work of the League of American Orchestras’ member orchestras. Made possible through the generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and administered by the League, the Futures Fund builds on the results of earlier League-sponsored and Getty-funded grants to orchestras. The Foundation’s generous support of the Futures Fund allows the League to provide larger, multi-year grants for American orchestras of all sizes as they work to increase their investment in experimentation, risk taking, and innovative practices, and contribute to field-wide learning.

The primary goal of the Futures Fund is to encourage a culture of learning and innovation in orchestras of all sizes, structures, and locations. Toward this end, the Futures Fund will offer two-year grants to a select number of orchestras that are making investments in innovation and exploring new ways of working that demonstrate impact within the organization and its audiences and communities.

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Program, The League’s American Orchestras’ Futures Fund

As part of their In Harmony program, 2018 Futures Fund grant recipient Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra presented music therapy–informed performances at special needs classrooms and adult day centers. Pictured: a Life Skills class that included children with and without disabilities. (Photo: Shawn Williams)


Futures Fund Priorities

Grants from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund support projects that propose innovations that are:

  • New to the orchestral field, or
  • An adaptation or application of strategies implemented in other arts fields such as theater, dance, or visual arts, or are
  • A refinement or enhancement to proven practices both inside and outside of the orchestral field that merit continued development.

Applications to the Futures Fund program are closed.


Questions? Contact Us

For additional information about the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, please email Lee Ann Norman, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs at futuresfund@americanorchestras.org.


Banner: Photo courtesy of New Jersey Youth Symphony.

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